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“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us…”(Luke 1:1)

How do you retell a tale that has been told so many times already? What do you change? What new twist or insight do you find to retell an event that changed history over 2000 years ago?

” In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth” (Luke 1:5)

Do you start here, as Luke did, and work forward? Do you start with the miracle before the miracle and show Him as a baby born to a virgin?

Or do you start Him off as a King like Matthew does? Mark and John both start Him off as Deity…one from the beginning of time and one from the descending of a dove.

So where do you start the wonder…the miracle of the season? Is it started with Black Friday on Thanksgiving amongst sales and competitive shopping that leads to pepper spraing and tramplings, or is it started with the feverish schedule to Christmas programs and parties with just one more gift to get for the office party exchange?

For me, it starts with the cold evenings and slow creeping of Christmas lights being put up from house to house in the neighborhood. It continues with the soft playing of various Christmas sounds in shops and malls as I wonder from store to store looking for that special thing…trying to prevent the requirements of the “thing” from over shadowing The wonder of the season. It’s the snow falling and the anticipation of quieter times that may arrive when the hussel and bussel of the shopping, parties, and programs have all been complete and the world is still.

It starts with a warm cup of coffee on a cold snowy morning 13 days before the celebration and the retelling of a tale over 2000 years ago. A telling where Jesus comes as a baby and retelling of a miracle hope, anticipation, and wonder all begin to dance around the edges of what the world has made this time of year into.

Where does your tale begin and how is it told?

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“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus:…” (Eph 1:1)

By the will of God. Not by the will of man, or beast, or life but by the will of God. Many times when I think about the will of something I think of it as a demanding request that usually goes something like this, “Will you do such and such?”  Sometimes it’s disguised in a form of a favor, “Would you do me a favor?” or “I need a favor.”  But usually it is all the same type of will…a demanding will. So the fact that Paul is an apostle of Christ by the will of God, does not all together thrill me.

I mean face it, we are so strung out on running around and following the will of so many people that we are sick of the will of anyone and to then add the will of God on top of all the other wills of our life just down right makes us weary.  Needless to say, I was not so very excited when I read the above verse to day.  But then I though, what is really being said here? How does the Greek word for will translate here?  I dug through my pile of books, dusted off the Strong’s concordance and looked up the word “will”

The original Greek for will is thel?ma and denotes “a will that is not a demanding will but a will of expression, a will of pleasure towards that which is liked.”  You know that is me and that is you! We are liked by God. We are the object of His good pleasure and for today I can live knowing that I am a follower of Christ by the will of God. And today I can bask in knowing that I am loved, liked, and directed by Someone who only has my good in mind as He “wills” me around.That I can do.  But tomorrow, I might have a problem with tomorrow.

See as tomorrow unfolds I may start to live a life…actually this is usually the case…that is driven by a demanding will of life. A reactionary life based on this needing done and that needing done and the boss needing this and a co-working needing that. Then I’ll have to work in all those “favors” for friends and commitments made the other day with life was running it’s will and then wham I am tired and cranky again.

So my question for today is this, whose will are you? God’s. Life. Satan’s. Your over commitments. Whose will are you?

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